The Mosaic Institute

Through Our Eyes: Race Relations in Ontario


This Dialogue will bring together members from a range of cultural and ethnic communities, to discuss their experiences of race relations in Ontario, in settings that will emphasise openness, empathy, and mutual respect. We will seek the participants’ insights into what measures public-sector institutions, private-sector organisations, and citizens at large could take to enable our province to better reap the benefits of equity and inclusion.

In December 2019, The Environics Institute for Social Research (“Environics Institute”), in partnership with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF), released a landmark study on the state of race relations in Canada. Race Relations in Canada 2019 (“the Report”) provides new empirical evidence about the race relations in Canada, and where progress is, or is not, being made. Critically, the Report is fact-based, and addresses the complexity of race relations not only between majority and minority ethnicities, but race relations amongst minority ethnicities. This data is invaluable to organizations, such as Mosaic, who seek to advance pluralism in Canada.

The Mosaic Institute was invited by the Environics Institute to spearhead the community mobilization of the Report and its findings. Following the Report launch, The Mosaic Institute hosted a provincial Roundtable discussion with members from ten (10) diverse community organizations working in the areas of anti-racism and anti-hate to discuss the findings of the Report; its impact on their area(s) of interest; and next steps. This in-depth community consultation resulted in a number of insights and shared experiences around accessing resources, capacity building, and recommendations for next steps.

With a specific focus on data from Ontario, the Dialogue will share community insights to the following questions:

  • The report surfaces internal perceptions of discrimination between various ethnocultural communities in Canada. What work can be done to address inter-community discrimination?
  • What recommendations should be provided to the public, private, and civil society decision-makers to respond to the issues raised by the Report?
  • Where are the gaps in public (or inter-group) understanding, and how can these be addressed? Can they be addressed through public dialogue and education?

For more information or to get involved, contact Rachel Mansell at 416-644-6000 ext 680

This project is part of a series of dialogues, research, and action initiatives, on race relations in Ontario. For more information, see the series announcement here.